Jan 12, 2023

Your January Home Maintenance Checklist

Category: Homeowner Resources

Your January Home Maintenance Checklist

New Home Maintenance Checklist

Learn about how to maintain your new home.

The New Year is a great time to set new goals and prepare your home for a safer and healthier year ahead! Our warranty team has put together a list of the top 8 yearly maintenance items they recommend all homeowners complete in January to maintain the quality of your home! 

1. Test Smoke & Carbon Dioxide Detectors 

Prepare for an emergency by testing your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. We recommend changing the batteries in smoke/CO2 detectors twice a year. This is also a great time to check your fire extinguishers and confirm they are still charged. 

2. Change the Furnace Filter 

For a healthy HVAC system, this is an item that should be done more than once a year. A good rule of thumb: the thickness of your furnace filter should be how often the filter is changed. For example, a 1" filter should be changed once a month. 

3. Furnace Professional Service & Cleaning 

As a yearly maintenance item, it is recommended that your furnace is cleaned and serviced by a licensed professional. Doing this once a year will help extend the life of your furnace and HVAC system. 

4. Dryer Vent Clean Out 

Once a year, it is important to pull out your dryer and clean out the dryer vent that hooks up to the dryer. Over time, lint can collect and even clog the vent if it is not cleaned out regularly. Not doing so can lead to damage to the appliance and even become a fire hazard. Whether done by a professional or you, the homeowner, cleaning out the dryer vent is an important homeowner maintenance item. 

5. Recaulk 

Over time, the caulking throughout your home will crack or break down. To prevent water intrusion and preserve a seal at all areas where caulking is used, removing and replacing caulking at showers, baths, kitchens, windows, etc. is a regular home maintenance item that should be completed as needed throughout the year. 

6. Vacuum Refrigerator Coils 

In order to extend the life of your refrigerator, it is important to pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum the vents and coils at the back of the fridge to remove any dust and debris that has built up throughout the year. 

7. Drain Sediment from Water Heater 

As you use your water heater throughout the year, sediment will build up within the water heater, especially in Colorado. As a means to extend the life of your water heater, the unit should be drained down and flushed once a year. Instructions for doing so can be found in the user manual and online. 

8. Lubricate Garage Door Wheels & Springs 

In order to extend the life of your overhead garage door, the large spring wheels and rollers need to be lubricated once a year. Garage door lubricant can be found at any major hardware store.